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Swarm of small earthquakes strikes Mojave Desert

Swarm of small earthquakes strikes Mojave Desert
A map shows the approximate epicenter of a magnitude 3.1 earthquake near Barstow, the first of a series of temblors that struck the area Thursday. (Bing Maps)

A series of small, shallow earthquakes was reported Thursday morning east of Barstow, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A magnitude 3.1 quake occurred at 12:24 a.m. Pacific time just north of the Twentynine Palms Marine base at a depth of 0.6 miles.

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A magnitude 3.5 temblor was reported in the same area at 8:14 a.m., followed by a magnitude 3.8 quake at 8:41. There were no reports of damage.

According to the USGS, the epicenter of the quakes was about 12 miles from Ludlow, 41 miles from the city of Twentynine Palms, 41 miles from Yucca Valley and 44 miles from Barstow.

In the last 10 days, there have been three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

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